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Sticks And Stones By Lynn Hall

One word was enough to destroy his life… “Bury your gays” is the trope in fiction which rules that gay characters die (frequently by their own hand) before the end of the story. Especially prevalent until the mid-20th century (when … Continue reading

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Finding A Dead Body In The Woods Part 1: Dreamland Lake By Richard Peck

Only when it’s too late do Brian and Flip realize that their search for the truth will change their friendship forever… It’s a short novel about finding a dead body in the woods! It features a group of middle-school boys … Continue reading

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Sixteen (Short Stories By Outstanding Writers For Young Adults) Edited By Donald R. Gallo

Their impressions radiate through an emotional prism of hope and hate, love and death, despair and joy… Check out the Murderer’s Row of authors featured in this collection: Joan Aiken, Judie Angell, Robin F. Brancato, Robert Cormier, Diane Duane, Bette … Continue reading

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Prank By Kathryn Lasky

How can the words of the past give Birdie hope for the future? Well, this another one where the cover-copy barely matches the actual content of the book: it’s sold to readers as being about a high school student who … Continue reading

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About David By Susan Beth Pfeffer

He didn’t think there was any other way… I have not compiled any statistics, but my general impression is that as YA fiction moved out of the 1970s and into the 80s, the subject matter tended less toward shock value … Continue reading

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Up In Seth’s Room By Norma Fox Mazer

How can she convince him to wait until they are both ready? Norma Mazer (arguably the more famous half of the YA Mazers) output was at its height during the 1970s and 80s, primetime for dealing with sex, drugs, terrible parents … Continue reading

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Summer of Fear By Lois Duncan

Rachel’s not jealous of her cousin. But she is afraid. Like many readers, I was saddened to hear about the sudden death of Lois Duncan last week, at the age of 82. Best known for her YA thrillers, she was … Continue reading

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